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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against TCU during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Okla. 3rd, Iowa 4th, Irish 6th

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the new College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6. Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the third-to-last committee rankings. The Sooners (10-1) seem to be in solid shape with only one game left in their season. Oklahoma will play at Oklahoma State on Saturday with a chance to win the Big 12. The Cowboys dropped to 11th after losing its first game of the season Notre Dame (10-1) also plays its last game of the season Saturday, a possible resume-builder against Stanford, which is ninth in the rankings. “In … 0

Moving on from Ohio St.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A season’s worth of skepticism about Ohio State was validated in a loss to Michigan State and the Buckeyes are no longer in the conversation to be No. 1. Not now. Not for the rest of this season. Repeating as national champion is hard, even for the first team to be a unanimous … 0

Favored UMass crunched, 20-13

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — It was far from the kind of lasting impression the UMass senior class hoped to leave. Last season, Miami (Ohio) rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Minutemen, 42-41, snapping its 22-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon, the RedHawks came into McGuirk Alumni Stadium having lost 22 straight road games, and UMass proved the cure to that streak as well … 0

Minuteman seniors would like to go out with a victory

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — The goals are modest, simple and straightforward for the UMass football team when it hosts Miami (Ohio) Saturday at 1 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. • Win its third game, which would match the Minutemen’s total for last year, the most wins since moving up to the … 0

UMass dunks Bears

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — UMass basketball won’t get many opportunities to have the kind of just plain fun the Minutemen enjoyed Thursday night at the Mullins Center. Tying a school record with 16 made 3-pointers — and getting contributions all the way down the roster to deep reserve walk-on Zach … 0

Clemson D won’t blame its late-season decline on depletion of quality depth

Friday, November 20, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s top-ranked defense came at teams in waves last season, smothering opponents with nearly two full units of talented and experienced players. Without that same depth this year, the Tigers have slipped into a late-season … 0

Woman reports rape at home of Cornhuskers’ football players

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Police said Tuesday they were investigating a report of a sexual assault at the residence of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and standout receiver Jordan Westerkamp. Officer Katie Flood said a 20-year-old woman went to … 0

Hinds helps UMass defeat Harvard, 69-63

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — There was no last-second shot this time. For the first time in three seasons, a UMass-Harvard game was decided sooner than the last possession. The Minutemen jumped out to a 15-point lead early in the second half and held off a late Harvard rally to prevail … 0

Davis ignites UMass’ 85-79 hoop victory

Sunday, November 15, 2015

AMHERST — Saturday’s season opener may not gone the way Derek Kellogg had expected, but the UMass basketball coach could at least count on some customary late heroics from Trey Davis. The senior guard scored 10 straight points for the Minutemen in the game’s final 2:35, helping to … 0

Minutemen lose, 4-2

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — UMass’ late comeback proved for naught. Merrimack took advantage of a bad Minuteman clear attempt midway through the third period and the Warriors left the Mullins Center with a 4-2 win Friday. After a slow start, UMass briefly held momentum from the end of the second … 0

Irish break into top 4 in playoff rankings

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Notre Dame moved into the top four in the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season Tuesday night. Clemson remained No. 1, with Alabama moving up two spots to No. 2, Ohio State staying at … 0

Akron edges favored UMass, 17-13

Sunday, November 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A UMass football season that’s already gone seven kinds of sideways reached new depths of frustration and fruitlessness Saturday. The Minutemen led Akron 13-7 at halftime at cavernously empty Gillette Stadium, and then fell completely silent offensively over the final two quarters to drop their fifth … 0

A brief guide to the 2015-16 college hoops season

Friday, November 6, 2015

The blue bloods have reloaded. New contenders are rising. More talented freshmen are ready to shine. The college basketball season is upon us and this one, as always seems to be the case, is loaded with intrigue. To … 0